[Wolves] Suggest an OS

Andy Wootton andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk
Wed Sep 12 23:09:19 BST 2007

Richard Smedley wrote:
> But the 760 is not too old to be running GNU and an X Server.
> Running heavyweight programs remotely still leaves the option
> of running core programs locally, so the laptop is not
> tied to the local network - important for most home use,
> I'm guessing.
In my initial message, I almost said that if you are willing to use a 
1998 vintage Windows then a 1998 version of Linux would certainly be 
less resource hungry but then I realised something quite refreshing:
1) Linux is a hell of a lot better now than it was in 1998 and much 
easier to configure.
2) Windows isn't

I'm not sure if someone fairly new to Linux and X would realise that 
even the display manager can be run remotely. As Richard suggests, an X 
display server (all you'll see at first is a grey, patterned rectangle) 
and an XDMCP client that will send a request for a remote machine to 
provide a display server is all you need.

If you want to get really tricksy you may be able to do a remote boot 
over the network if the BIOS suports it. I wouldn't start there though!


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